Since I have been to Beijing for days, so I really mean you’re never bored here and Beijing will never cease to amaze you. Beijing tours have many attractons to you and that motivated me to even wake up early daily.
We decided to look around the 798 modern district for we weren’t so interested into the ancient bridges, towers and temples attractions. They told us it would take around an hour, however, we did it in half an hour. Did we prove our roots right or what? 798 modren art district was an old industrial compound which was completely transformed into an art district. It was quite impressive, yeah sort of, however it was more for the “artists”. So we decided to head back and have some lunch. However, all nearby restaurants seemed quite expensive. When we were at the end of the street, the guy said” why not this one?” There wasn’t a restaurant left on the street except for a small alleyway, into which there was a small shop selling kinds of noodles, fried rices etc. When we walked into the alleyway and the shop, there was a Chinese guy who quickly showed us to tour seats. Then he served us excellent cold noodles, where we ended up paying CNY 20 for. This is the real China alright.
If you wanted to go out Beijing downtown, the Great Wall would also impress you with its splendid beauty. To us, we decided to head towards the furthest part to avoid any other foreigners. We needed a privatee minibus for the last 55km’s since there was no local transport for it. To find one was quite hard, they were simply too expensive, so well denied them all. Really annoyed by one driver who wanted to seel his ride, I almost sold my coat to him by keeping follow with him. Thus, he was so annoyed by me that eventually he left.
The Great Wall itself was incredibly beautigul, and most important was there was only us. We could do whatever we wanted. It was simply perfect. When we arrived at the other end of the section we noticed the sign that said it was closed for renovations. Sorry what? didn’t we pay for the entrance? You can understand that it wasn’t really “official”. When we were at the other end of the Great Wall, there were even several farmers that requested CNY 20 for us to pass. If we would’ve refused we’d have to walk back for several hours. We bypassed their gate they had and walked straight onto their fields. Quite an adventure in China. We were quite exhausted when we came back nonetheless we went out.
In the following days, I had the real roasted Peking Duck in Dadong’s Peaking Duck, the most beautiful restaurant you’ve ever seen. Besides, since I’ve been here more than a week so it was time to move on as well. I did know I wanted to see Zhangjiajie (the most beautiful mountains in the world). On the other hand, the hostel helped me and eventually we decided on Wudang Shan, have no idea where that was. Just wanted to move on and not think too much.